Composer, Pianist, Writer, Teacher
WELCOME to the 2020 edition of robertgansmusic.com! And PLEASE STAY WELL!
COMPOSITION & RECORDINGS: The brand new recordings of Love Dance and Crossing The River from Blue Ballet Suite recorded by members of the Ergon Ensemble in Athens, Greece have been submitted to the 2020 American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award competition and can now be heard by clicking on the Soundcloud button below. I will be going into the studio this Spring or Summer to record the first and second movements on piano, and then submit the music for consideration by the Portland Ballet and others. Stay tuned!
The Presence of That Absence, a set of six songs is my new 2020 composition and recording project in progress. First drafts of the music and lyrics have just been completed. Now on to the recording phase!
PLAYS: There were two very fun, informative and successful readings of Debussy's Daughter and Cleopatra's Tomb held last June. Both plays really work! My thanks to a great group of actors who did a tremendous job bringing the characters to life. Play submissions are on hold while theaters are closed due to the coronavirus.
PUBLISHING AND SYNC: Eraser Music is my ASCAP affiliated publishing company recently created for the purpose of marketing my music to the metadata driven film and TV sync market.
PIANO: After performing the Chopin Nocturne Op. 48, No. 1 in C minor, and my own composition, A Distant Shore at several concerts in the past year I am in the process of forming a new piano repertoire consisting of pieces by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Michel Legrand and myself.
MUSIC EDUCATION: In person lessons at the Portland Conservatory are on hold until further notice due to Covid19.
My music is available online at the following links:
COMMENTS BY LISTENERS AND CRITICS
"Thank you so much for your great performance. We really enjoyed it." - Opus 1 Music Studio
"I enjoyed Robert Gans' performance of his own Dreamscapes...virtuoso pieces in a neo-romantic style that has deep roots in American music... Gans is at his best when most daring." - Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald
"Your playing is fantastic and the selection of pieces is wonderful. I will be buying more of your CDs."
"Thanks so much for sharing your orchestra compositions with me. They are amazing pieces. They really should be heard."
"Soundscape for piano and Rhapsodic Variations played by the composer, showed that the romantic style is alive and well at the conservatory." - Portland Press Herald
"The Streets of Portland is a fun filled nod to the Victorian era and Irish culture with enhancing musical accompaniment by composer Robert Gans." - Portland Press Herald